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Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy has signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy.
The CWC recognizes that the MOA serves as a positive step in creating a comprehensive plan of action for the lake. The CWC also commends the MOA as way to bring about a collaborative, science-based approach to improving the health of the lake and to ensure that any herbicide treatments carried out within the lake are performed in a targeted manner that reduces the adverse impacts of herbicides on the lake’s ecology.
The CWC looks forward to continuing to work with other stakeholders to effectively improve the quality and usability of Chautauqua Lake. As the consensus strategy moves ahead, the CWC hopes to see a more formal recognition of the important role the watershed plays in the health of the lake as well as the understanding that most aquatic plants are beneficial and should not necessarily be considered “weeds.”
CWC will continue to work towards its mission of preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of Chautauqua County by focusing on conserving lands within the watersheds that play a critical role in water quality, by encouraging best land management practices and by educating the public on the steps they can take in their own yards to improve the health of Chautauqua County’s waterways.